Monday, June 22, 2009

More Speeeed!

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launch
Launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, from Astronomy Picture of the Day, thanks to a tip by Tammy. See full sized image here. As part of the overall experiment, the Centaur upper stage will slam into the lunar surface, with an impact energy I guesstimate as comparable to 10 tons of TNT.

I sort of badmouthed the Moon here, but this is pretty cool!


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always liked pictures of launching rockets!
Ferrell

Rick said...

Space launches are way cool, even from 25 miles away!

Since 9/11, alas, they are much more closemouthed about the Vandenberg launch schedule. It used to be that I could carry my 11 x 80 binoculars down to the corner and watch them go up.